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WASHINGTON, DC—The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, announced today its endorsement of John Garamendi for re-election to Congress (CA-3). Congressman Garamendi is a strong environmental ally who is committed to growing our clean energy economy and protecting California’s vast natural resources.
“With his extensive background as a public servant, Congressman Garamendi has proven forward-looking and strategic in his fight to better our country’s environment,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “He recognizes our moral obligation to act on climate change and has, on many occasions, made progress in reducing our reliance on the fossil fuels that cause climate change.”
“Again and again, Congressman Garamendi has earned Californians’ trust, keeping our state’s priceless natural landscapes in prime condition,” said Sarah Rose, CEO of the CLCV. “His dedication to reducing our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels has stretched his entire career, from the California State legislature to the U.S. Congress; undoubtedly, he will continue to make California a healthy place for all of our families.”
"I'm proud to have earned the endorsement of the California League of Conservation Voters and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund,” said Garamendi. “Congress needs leaders who acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans contribute to the climate crisis and are proactive in proposing commonsense solutions. In this election, I face a climate change denier with an atrocious environmental record. With powerful conservation voices like CLCV and the LCV Action Fund having my back, I'm confident we'll make sure the 3rd District remains a district where the need for clean air and clean water is taken seriously."
As a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, Congressman Garamendi recognizes the severe threat climate change poses to our country and is devoted to reducing our reliance on the fossil fuels that cause climate change. Congressman Garamendi introduced a bill that would ban offshore oil drilling in California’s coastal waters and introduced jobs legislation that would increase investment in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. He’s also a supporter of Home Star legislation, which offers incentives to homeowners and businesses to make their buildings more energy efficient. Additionally, in the California state legislature, he wrote the first state alternative energy tax credit in the United States.
During his various roles serving California – state assemblyman, Majority Leader of the California State Senate, Lieutenant Governor of California, U.S. Congressman – Representative Garamendi has fought to protect California’s stunning natural landscapes. In the state legislature he led efforts to preserve Lake Tahoe, authoring legislation that forever protected the lake from development, and he’s also an outspoken advocate for California’s San Joaquin River Delta and the Mono Lakes. Furthermore, as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, he helped shape the Clinton Administration’s policies on national parks, clean energy and conservation.
Congressman Garamendi’s voting record earned him an admirable 96% score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard in 2013 and a lifetime score of 92%. The non-partisan Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s record. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.
John Garamendi is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
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